Hi. I adopted a cat from a lady who couldn't keep him anymore and was going to have him put down if she didn't find him a home. His name is Jaws and he is 4 years old, He has lived indoors his whole life with a single lady. He is incredibly obese, weighing over 25 lbs and is about 3 cats wide. The lady described him to be very calm, quiet, and very stuck in his ways, and does not like changes. I have 2 daughters who are young, yet they are very calm and good around animals. I brought them to meet Jaws at the lady's home, and Jaws was very leery of the kids, yet he did not run or hide from them, he just lay on the couch and avoided them as best he could without moving too much. He seemed to like me, so I decided to take him home hoping he would slowly get used to the kids and my husband over time. I set up his litter box, food/water dishes, and toys in my bedroom, so he would have a quiet room to stay in. The problem is he hides under our large king size bed 24/7, unless I am the only person in the room and I baby-talk him then he comes out and rubs on my legs. He periodically sneaks out and uses his litter box and eats/drinks, but then hides back under the bed. He is very afraid of my husband and the kids and will NOT come out if they are in the room or even NEAR the room. He even goes as far as to growl if my hubby approaches him. I have been getting them to try feed him tiny bits of his favorite treats that the lady gave me, so that he will maybe start to like them, but he will not even come to them for his favorite foods. Yet his is totally fine around me, I am assuming this is because I am a woman, like his old owner was and he feels comfortable with me. We have only had Jaws for 2 days, but he has not shown any progress with coming out from under the bed, he only comes out at night when it is dark and quiet, then I hear him sneaking around the house exploring. How am I going to get this cat used to everyone? I don't mind giving him lots of time to adjust but I am very concerned he might just get used to living under the bed, and that would be a terrible life for a cat. Plus I can't get him to lose weight if he just lays under the bed all the time and doesn't move. I don't know what to do, should I try coaxing him out from under the bed and then carry him to another room in the house and try holding him on the couch on my lap, or maybe get my hubby and kids to hang out in the bedroom a lot so he can get used to them, or should I just leave him alone and MAYBE he might eventually get brave and used to people? I have a bad feeling he is just going to get in the habit of living under the bed ( please any advice would be appreciated, what would you do?
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1/11/09 at 4:50pm